and the blood-stained standard of the Cross on their shoulders. They will carry the crucifix in their right hand
and the rosary in their left,
and the holy names of Jesus and Mary on their heart.
The simplicity and self-sacrifice of Jesus will be reflected in their whole behaviour.
Such are the great men who are to come.
By the will of God Mary is to prepare them
to extend his rule over the impious and unbelievers.
But when and how will this come about? Only God knows. For our part we must yearn and wait for it in silence and in prayer: "I have waited and waited." Pthat will enable the apostles to convert the world (p. 364).
Mons. R. Knox, page 432 in his THE GOSPEL STORY, highlights Peter the first Pope, giving us an insight as to what is transpiring in these times of ours:-
P But Peter, with the eleven apostles at his side, stood there and raised his voice to speak to them; 'Men of Judea,' he said, 'and all you who are dwelling in Jerusalem, I must tell you this; listen to what I have to say. These men are not drunk, as you suppose; it is only nine in the morning.
This is what was foretold by the prophet Joel: "In the last times, God says, I will pour out my spirit upon all mankind, and your sons and daughters will be prophets. Your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; and I will pour out my spirit in those days upon my servants and handmaids, so that they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs on the earth beneath, blood and fire and whirling smoke; the sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the day of the Lord comes ….
Notes: 'Fire' and 'wind' symbolise the double influence of the Holy Spirit. Holy: fire is the symbol of charity (p. 240), the intimate, personal relationship promised by Christ (p. 356). Spirit: which means breath, wind (p. 48), a vital, dynamic power
The tongues of fire were seen only by the hundred and twenty persons in the Cenacle; the wind was heard by the whole city. The primary effect of this visitation was the fullness of divine grace, as in the sacrament of Confirmation; this inner transformation was made known by an ecstatic form of prayer 'in strange languages.' PIt is not a matter of adding together
Are we really in the last times?
I don't think there is much doubt that the last times are upon us. The world is at a breaking point - it would seem - where either evil wins out or Goodness wins out.
The Super-pope, John Paul II, in his ENCYCLICAL LETTER, THAT THEY MAY ALL BE ONE (UT UNUM SINT) declares:-
P 14. All these elements bear within themselves a tendency towards unity, having their fullness in that unity.
all the riches scattered throughout
the various Christian Communities
in order to arrive at a Church which God has in mind
for the future. In accordance with the great Tradition, attested to by the Fathers of the East and of the West, the Catholic Church believes that in the Pentecost Event
God has already manifested the Church
in her eschatological reality,
which he had prepared "from the time of Abel, the just one". 19 This reality is something already given. Consequently we are even now in the last times.
The elements of this already-given Church exist, found in their fullness in the Catholic Church and, without this fullness, in the other Communities, 20 where certain features of the Christian mystery have at times been more effectively emphasised. Ecumenism is directed precisely to making the partial communion existing between Christians grow towards full communion in truth and charity. PIf one refuses to recognise Truth then one embraces pride.
Humility and Truth
I have contended for some time that Truth is the missing link in current world affairs. This deficiency has caused so much devastation everywhere and in everything. In forsaking Truth - that is The Truth of The Trinity and on creation as perfectly defined by The Universal Church - mankind has slid into chaos, aided by the devil and his army of deceivers.
Truth is so important, even as to precede Love.
Jesus Christ is Truth personified and so the forces of evil have violently attacked Truth in every way and so has concentrated its attack upon The Church which is the pillar and ground of the truth.
However, in forsaking Truth humility has been the virtue that has suffered in every way - in persons, in society, in business, in states, in nations, in governments and even in religion!!
If one embraces Truth, one embraces humility.
Because Truth tells us that we are creatures brought into existence by The Creator. Full recognition of this is humility.
Look at another Truth - the Pope - who is unquestionably Peter, Vicar of Christ, clearly shown in the Gospels. reunion of Christendom is as good as accomplished.
Failing to recognise this Truth, Protestants and even the Orthodox, have lost the humility needed to bring about unity.
Acceptance of this easily proved Truth would be truly a humble action and
The artificial rivalry between the sexes is another example of the missing link: humility.
Numerous numbers of females are unhappy with their lot and would rather be male. Not perceiving the great dignity of being a human being destined for Heaven, they reject their humble but world-moulding work of motherhood and wife.
They have embraced the awful standard: pride.
Otherwise they would hold the most perfect creature in all creation - Mary, The Mother of God - as their example, as their aim in life, as their leader.
But Mary is supreme in many things especially humility - so the unhappy feminists avoid this Woman, their greatest hope!
Numerous males on the other hand have thrown away their dignity in fatherhood and husband. They have been the pitiful